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From the Editor

Author John W. Welch

With the publication of this issue of BYU Studies Quarterly, I find myself looking back to the end of 1991, when Macmillan's Ency­clopedia of Mormonism was released, exactly twenty-five years ago. That monumental publication, to which over 750 authors contributed articles on more than 1,200 subjects, is still maintained by BYU Studies and is available online at While some of its articles are obviously out of date (such as the entries on the Church in Africa or Temples, where the Church has seen dramatic growth in recent decades), much of the Encyclopedia of Mormonism is still an excellent place to look for initial articles on the doctrine, scriptures, biographies, history, organization, and culture of the Church. In many ways, the breadth of coverage and precision of details in the Encyclope­dia of Mormonism are echoed in the ongoing publication of articles in BYU Studies Quarterly that have steadily supplemented, updated, and added to the encyclopedia.

Continuing in that long-standing tradition, this issue is filled with an excellent variety of very interesting and useful information. We are privileged to have all of these outstanding items in this journal.